UN Panel of Experts Alleges Blackwater Founder and Trump Ally Erik Prince Violated Libya’s Arms Embargo, Diplomat Says


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DUBAI – A United Nations report accuses Blackwater founder Erik Prince of aiding in violations of an international arms embargo on Libya, putting the military contractor at risk of UN sanctions, according to a diplomat with access to the report. The report by the UN Panel of Experts monitoring the ban on arms transfers to Libya says Prince-controlled companies provided three planes to help send helicopters and military contractors to assist Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar, backed by Russia, in 2019.

The plan to send Western mercenaries to Libya unfolded as weapons and foreign fighters arrived in the country in 2019 and 2020 from a variety of outside powers, including Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, deepening a conflict that has been in course since 2014, the report says, according to the diplomat. Prince is likely to be referred to the UN Sanctions Committee, which could order a freeze on his assets or a travel ban, according to the New York-based diplomat and a former official with knowledge of the situation. Permanent members of the Security Council, including the United States, Russia or China, could veto any possible sanction against Prince, who has had dealings with all three countries. An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com. WSJ.com Trend: Texas Cities Under Order to Boil Water Kamala Harris Apartment in San Francisco for Sale